Welcome to Natchitoches!

Did you know that even though the City of Natchitoches was established by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis in 1714, it was not incorporated until after Louisiana had become a state in 1819. It is the oldest permanent settlement in the region and was named after the indigenous Natchitoches people.

In the 1820s and early 1830s, Natchitoches served as a freight transfer point for cotton shipped from parts of east Texas. Cotton shippers used a land route crossing the Sabine River to Natchitoches, where the freight was transferred to boats, and floated down the Red River to New Orleans. When the course of the Red River shifted, it bypassed Natchitoches and cut off its lucrative connection with the Mississippi River. A 33-mile (53 km) oxbow lake was left in the river’s previous location. This became known as Cane River Lake.

Natchitoches suffered from the decline in agricultural population through the mid-20th century, and grew at a markedly lower rate after 1960. The mechanization of agriculture had reduced the number of workers needed, and many moved to cities for jobs. By the early 1970s, the town’s businesses were declining, along with many area farms, and buildings were boarded up. However, by the end of the 20th century, the mile-long French colonial area of downtown, which lies along Cane Lake, was designated as a National Historic District. Many buildings were adapted as antique shops, souvenir emporiums, and restaurants.

Hands down, The Trail Boss Steakhouse is one of the best restaurants in Natchitoches! Come on by and have the best steak you will ever have!


Favorite place in town!!!

February 19, 2020

I’m normally a pretty picky eater to say the least but not at this place. Everything I have eaten I love. My ultimate favorite is their sauteed mushrooms. Good price for a couples night out as well.

Stephanie B

Pleasant Surprise

September 16, 2018

While we ate, I listened to the staff communicating from the kitchen and was impressed at the level of communication during lunch rush and I didn’t hear any harsh words. They all spoke to each other with respect. We were impressed and if we are in Natchitoches again, we will definitely be back!!


Cooked Just Right!

March 4, 2023

So glad I visited trail boss! Got the smallest ribeye they have (pictured) and it was still huge. Cooked just right, and very flavorful. Very impressed. Caesar salad was delicious. Rolls were fresh and hot. Kinda reminds me of Logan’s style rolls. Baked potato was great, salt on the outside. Came for lunch, got the all that food for about $30. Staff was very nice and attentive. I will come back for sure if I’m in the area again.

Don Lines

Love this place! Eat here at least once every 2 weeks

September 24, 2019

This is one of my go-to places. You can get some great food. I really really LOVE the peanuts!!!! Eat all you want and throw the shells on the floor!!!! Plus the free HOT bread with honey butter.

Brenda B

10 Star For Me!

May 12, 2022


Mazeba McIntosh


April 21, 2021

This was the first time my husband and I dined here and I have to say we were highly impressed. Waitress was amazing, food even better. I had the trout with a loaded baked potato, the trout was absolutely perfectly seasoned and very light. Hubby had the Boss Combo with steak and ribs, he was very happy with it. We ordered fried pickles and for us they were too salty so I would caution about that however they were hot and fresh with plenty of ranch to dip them and the portion was enough to split with a party of at least 4 to 6 people. Also I have to mention the bread that every table gets was delicious. We are very excited to discover a new restaurant to go and we will definitely be back.

Michelle Ace



301 South Dr. Natchitoches, LA 71457

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+1 (318) 352-2080

301 South Dr.
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Sunday – Thursday:
11am – 9pm

Friday – Saturday:
11am – 10pm